AskDefine | Define push

Dictionary Definition



1 the act of applying force in order to move something away; "he gave the door a hard push"; "the pushing is good exercise" [syn: pushing]
2 the force used in pushing; "the push of the water on the walls of the tank"; "the thrust of the jet engines" [syn: thrust]
3 enterprising or ambitious drive; "Europeans often laugh at American energy" [syn: energy, get-up-and-go]
4 an electrical switch operated by pressing a button; "the elevator was operated by push buttons"; "the push beside the bed operated a buzzer at the desk" [syn: push button, button]
5 an effort to advance; "the army made a push toward the sea"


1 move with force, "He pushed the table into a corner" [syn: force] [ant: pull]
2 press, drive, or impel (someone) to action or completion of an action; "He pushed her to finish her doctorate" [syn: bear on]
3 make publicity for; try to sell (a product); "The salesman is aggressively pushing the new computer model"; "The company is heavily advertizing their new laptops" [syn: advertise, advertize, promote]
4 strive and make an effort to reach a goal; "She tugged for years to make a decent living"; "We have to push a little to make the deadline!"; "She is driving away at her doctoral thesis" [syn: tug, labor, labour, drive]
5 press against forcefully without being able to move; "she pushed against the wall with all her strength"
6 approach a certain age or speed; "She is pushing fifty" [syn: crowd]
7 exert oneself continuously, vigorously, or obtrusively to gain an end or engage in a crusade for a certain cause or person; be an advocate for; "The liberal party pushed for reforms"; "She is crusading for women's rights"; "The Dean is pushing for his favorite candidate" [syn: crusade, fight, press, campaign, agitate]
8 sell or promote the sale of (illegal goods such as drugs); "The guy hanging around the school is pushing drugs"
9 move strenuously and with effort; "The crowd pushed forward"
10 make strenuous pushing movements during birth to expel the baby; "`Now push hard,' said the doctor to the woman" [syn: press]

User Contributed Dictionary



From poulser (modern pousser), from pulsare.


  • , pʊʃ, /pUS/
  • Rhymes: -ʊʃ


  1. To apply a force to (an object) such that it moves away from the person or thing applying the force.
    In his anger he pushed me against the wall and threatened me.
  2. To continually attempt to persuade (a person) into a particular course of action.
  3. To continually attempt to promote (a point of view).
    Stop pushing the issue — I'm not interested.
  4. To promote a product with the intention of selling it.
    They're pushing that perfume again.
    There were two men hanging around the school gates today, pushing drugs.
  5. In the context of "informal|transitive": To approach; to come close to.
    My old car is pushing 250,000 miles.
    He's pushing sixty. (= he's nearly sixty years old)
  6. To apply a force to an object such that it moves away from the person applying the force.
    You need to push quite hard to get this door open.
  7. To tense the muscles in the abdomen in order to expel its contents.
    During childbirth, there are times when the obstetrician advises the woman not to push.
  8. To continue to attempt to persuade a person into a particular course of action.
  9. To make a higher bid at an auction


  • (transitive: apply a force to (an object) so it moves away): press, shove
  • (continue to attempt to persuade): press, urge
  • (continue to attempt to promote (a point of view)): press
  • (promote a product with the intention of selling it): advertise, promote
  • (come close to): approach, near
  • (intransitive: apply force to an object so that it moves away): press, shove
  • (tense the muscles in the abdomen in order to expel its contents): bear down
  • (intransitive: to continue to attempt to persuade a person into a particular course of action):


  • (apply a force to something so it moves away): draw, pull, tug
transitive: apply a force to (an object) so that it moves away
continually attempt to persuade (a person)
continually attempt to promote (a point of view)
  • Kurdish:
promote (a product)
intransitive: apply force to an object so that it moves away
intransitive: tense the muscles of the abdomen
(intrans.) continue to attempt to persuade a person into a particular course of action
try to skip positions in a queue


  1. A short, directed application of force; an act of pushing.
    Give the door a hard push if it sticks.
  2. An act of tensing the muscles of the abdomen in order to expel its contents.
    One more push and the baby will be out.
  3. A great effort (to do something).
    Some details got lost in the push to get the project done.
    Let's give one last push on our advertising campaign.
  4. A marching or drill maneuver/manoeuvre performed by moving a formation (especially a company front) forward or toward the audience, usually to accompany a dramatic climax or crescendo in the music.
  5. a wager that results in no loss or gain for the bettor as a result of a tie or even score

Derived terms


short, directed application of force; act of pushing
act of tensing the muscles of the abdomen in order to expel its contents
great effort (to do something)
military: marching or drill maneuvre

Extensive Definition

Push may refer to:
In arts and media:
In gambling:
  • When the player and the dealer have the same point value in blackjack
  • A game in sports betting that is tied when the point spread is factored in
In sports:
In technology:
  • A command used to add an item to a stack in computer science
  • Push technology, a method of content delivery in server technologies
  • Push to talk, a method of conversing in telephony
  • Push processing, a technique for increasing the speed of film in photography
push in Dutch: Push
push in Portuguese: Push

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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